Definition of dove shell in English:

dove shell


  • A small mollusc with a robust shell, occurring in tropical and subtropical seas.

    Family Pyrenidae (or Columbellidae), class Gastropoda: Pyrene and other genera

    ‘There are also the spiral shells of various sea snails, including what look like beaded periwinkles (family Littorinidae), and spirally corded dove shells (family Columbellidae).’
    ‘Dove shells are small and attractive shells that are common in rocky environments but are most often inhabited by hermit crabs.’